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  • 6/11/2014
    Since the announcement of the The Heartbleed Bug in April 2014 and the Target credit card breach in December 2013, web and data security has become a hot topic in the tech world.

    A lot of times when a website is being developed and in order to meet deadlines or for other reasons, security may be put on the back burner.

    Many questions have come up from clients surrounding these recent attacks:
    • 1. Does this affect our site?
      2. What can we do to prevent this type of attacks with our data?
      3. How do we test that our data/site is secure?

    The first step to preventing security issues is to educate yourself on all the different types of ways that your website or business system could be compromised. If you know what to look for, this will help to know where to plug the holes.

    Here are some things to consider to help prevent these types of attacks::
    • 1. Make sure your operating systems and software have the latest patches. Software vendors are constant fighting the battle releasing security patches to help mitigate the threats in their software.
      2. Run vulnerability scans on your products exposed to the Internet. There are a number of vendors out there that have created software to help identify these type of weaknesses to give you the opportunity to get them fixed.
      • a. One of the most popular scanners is Nessus

      3. Be very vigilant about using strong passwords at the points of access to your sensitive data.

    To educate yourself more about ways to help prevent these attacks and the different ways that you could be compromised, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has a number of education pieces about cyber security.

    This article was featured in thunder::tech's Code Update email. You can subscribe to this and other industry-focused e-newsletters at our Subscription Center.
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